Our trip to Elkins, WV, started off with rain as we were leaving Carnegie, but by the time we got to Morgantown the sun came out. Our first train ride on Friday was the New Tygart Flyer. There had been heavy rain for the last 24 hours, so we got to see the Cheat River flooding up over its banks, and people who had camps and trailers along the river were moving them to high ground. When we got up to the high falls on the Cheat, the water was up around the observation deck. The engineer said he had been working on the railroad for the last twelve years and had never seen the river up this high. The water at the falls was so high that if you did know there was a waterfall there, it looked like the water was just running over top of a big rock.
We topped the day off with a delicious dinner at the Isaac Jackson Grill and a two hour musical/comedy show at the American Mountain Theater. At the end of the day I know I was ready for bed, and I think I’m safe in saying that everyone else was also.
Day two we were off to Cass, WV, for our second train ride up to Balk Knob and a Hobo lunch on top of the mountain. We celebrated Bill and Claudette Malick's fifty years of wedded bliss, and Al and Shirley Hartman's 62nd wedding anniversary with cake. Bill, Claudette, Al and Shirley your life together is an inspiration. Happy anniversary! Thank you to all who went on the trip and helped make it a success.
I’m working on the newsletter for November early this month so this is why I don’t have anything in it about the train show at Castle Shannon fire department. I’ll have information about the show in December's newsletter. We are also working on having the November meeting at the Monongahela River Rail & Transportation Museum on Saturday, November 19, at 1pm. I’ll have all the details about the meeting in the reminder. This will replace the Greenberg train show that we have on the calendar for November. The Greenberg people have told us that they don’t have any space for the PGRS to do a display.
Some of our members are a little under the weather, and it would be nice if we could send them a “Get Well” card or “Thinking of you” card. John Weimer had hernia surgery on Wednesday, October 26th. Alycefaye has a fitted cast for her two fingers. It was heated and formed to her hand. She's also recovering from a foot injury, Jan Vogt reports that John Wiggins had pneumonia the end of August and has been transferred to St. Andrews Village for rehab. John is in room # 116. John would enjoy the company or hear from any of our members. Sondra Wiggins is getting a PT and x-ray and going to the physicians for some problem she is having and could use a card for a little pick me up.
Please check out these trips: I have planned a one day bus trip for December 10, to Meadville, to see “White Christmas” at the Academy Theatre of Music. The Academy Theatre has been beautifully restored to its original grandeur and has become Meadville’s home for all varieties of artistic and cultural events. If you looking for something to get you in the mood for Christmas, how about this one day trip that includes a tour of Wendell August Forge, buffet lunch at Chovy’s restaurant, and the play “White Christmas." Please look under trips for addition information. If you have any questions call me at (412) 276-1236 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org and I’ll try to answer them.
Please save December 3 for our Christmas party at Jaden’s. This is the same place we had the party last year. For our members that didn’t make it to the meeting when we make the announcement, the Willow was sold and closed for remodeling, and the work would not be done in time for the party. Jaden’s was the only place we could find and not change the date for the party.